The stepfather of a Canterbury University student whose body lay undiscovered at a hall of residence for weeks says he put the lack of contact during that time down to his son's busy student lifestyle.
The body of 19-year-old Mason Pendrous was only found in September when his friend climbed onto the roof at the halls of residence where the teenager lived and looked into his missing friend's room.
Mr Pendrous was in his first year studying e-commerce and was living at Sonoda - a student hall of residence run by Campus Living Villages (CLV).
He was found dead in his room on 23 September, after his family had not heard from him for weeks.
His family say they were still being pursued for bills by CLV, while Mr Pendrous was unaccounted for at Sonoda.
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